Published: 5 Oct 2016
Contact Person: Ms Alice Mogwe
Mr Andrew Matayataya
Telephone: (+267) 3906998
Fax: (+267) 3907778
Street Address: The Botswana Centre for Human Rights, Plot 2732, Hospital Way, Gaborone
As an advocacy organisation, Ditshwanelo is involved in the promotion and protection of human rights in Botswana. In line with this role it seeks to work for human dignity and equality irrespective of an individual’s gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, social status or political conviction. The organisation seeks to educate, research, counsel and mediate on issues of human rights. Furthermore due to their commitment to the indivisible nature of human rights, the work extends to regional and international levels. It focuses on groups in the society that are most vulnerable and least supported by other organisations such as immigrants and refugees.
Ditshwanelo has also acted as a mediator between the Botswana Council for Refugees, the governmental agency charged with refugees, and the UNHCR. Ditshwanelo has expressed concern about the delays in processing of applications for status, the infiltration of refugee camps by security agents and the erosion of the principle of non-refoulement.